Mushibugyou ~ Review
“Feudal Japan, samurai’s and fantasy finally collide!!”
Historical anime series are always a gamble in my opinion; most people do not enjoy the history element of some series and would rather just stick to action. Luckily though, this anime combines those two to create one of the most underrated series of 2013 (in my opinion) and a series that will have you loathing insects more than you probably already do.
Mushibugyou revolves around feudal Japan; in a slightly fictional time where giant insects terrorize the streets of Edo. To counter the giant insects, The Mushi Magistrate was formed; consisting of powerful allies that aim to rid the insects from Edo under the order of the Mushi Magistrate (or Mushibugyou). Tsukishima Jinbei, a straight-hearted samurai decides to join the Magistrate, where he meets many new friends and countless enemies. However, nobody, including Jinbei, is still unaware of the enemies and secrets that revolve around the Mushi Magistrate.
The anime contains all the best of action, fantasy, historical and adventure elements you find in any good anime.
The series ran for 26 episodes during the Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 Anime Seasons (April 2013 – September 2013). The anime is based off a manga series titled “Joujyuu Senjin!! Mushibugyou” written and illustrated by Fukuda Hiroshi. The series is animated by Studio Seven Arcs, who have given us such anime series as Sekirei, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series and Dog Days series.
The anime contains a wide cast of characters voiced by such voice actors and actresses as KENN who voices Tsukishima Jinbei (and is also known as the voices of Mikura Kazuma from Air Gear and Kanbara Akihito from Kyoukai no Kanata), Ookubo Rumi who voices Hibachi (and is also known as the voices of Tsumiki from Acchi Kocchi and Yoshikawa Chinatsu from YuruYuri) and Eguchi Takuya who voices Koikawa Shungiku (and is also known as the voices of Kujou Kazuya from Gosick and Hikigaya Hachiman from Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru.).
I’d have to say that the strength of this anime is in it’s sheer simplicity, not it’s complexity. With heaps of mind-boggling psychological anime’s that seem unique, this anime doesn’t seem all that special from the outside. And to be honest, it isn’t really. But the one thing that makes this anime awesome is it’s insides; it’s sheer simplicity and awe that leaves every viewer wanting more. Yes, some parts can be quite expected, while others not so much. But I believe that we have been missing simple anime’s like this, and I think it’s a good idea that you give this anime a go.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10